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Written and narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tim Weiner and created by the Peabody-nominated studio C13Originals, Whirlwind: America, Russia & Ukraine examines the ongoing war in Ukraine -- the worst war in Europe since WWII -- in interviews with decorated, high-ranking CIA veterans who have led the American intelligence war with Russia for decades. These experts explain how Putin laid the groundwork for attacking Ukraine using deception and disinformation, how Russian disinformation has been amplified by American media figures and politicians, and how American political warfare can undermine Putin and the Kremlin.

Whirlwind: America, Russia & Ukraine C13Originals

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    • 4.2 • 523 Ratings

Written and narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tim Weiner and created by the Peabody-nominated studio C13Originals, Whirlwind: America, Russia & Ukraine examines the ongoing war in Ukraine -- the worst war in Europe since WWII -- in interviews with decorated, high-ranking CIA veterans who have led the American intelligence war with Russia for decades. These experts explain how Putin laid the groundwork for attacking Ukraine using deception and disinformation, how Russian disinformation has been amplified by American media figures and politicians, and how American political warfare can undermine Putin and the Kremlin.

    Part 1: The Invisible War

    Part 1: The Invisible War

    Four CIA veterans explore how American intelligence is shaping the battlefield in Ukraine--and taking the fight to Russia.

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    • 37 min
    Part 2: Empire of Lies

    Part 2: Empire of Lies

    As the war rages in Ukraine, experts examine the power of information and disinformation in the battle between democracy and autocracy--in Ukraine, Russia, and the United States.

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    • 35 min
    Welcome to Whirlwind, Season 2

    Welcome to Whirlwind, Season 2

    Russia is committing atrocities, destroying cities and killing thousands of civilians in Ukraine. But Putin’s dreams of conquest are being shattered – first and foremost by the will of the Ukrainian people – but also by American counter-efforts. And now, as Ukraine fights for freedom, democracy, and truth, so does the world. In two new episodes, C13Originals re-teams with Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author Tim Weiner to expand the acclaimed documentary series with a new focus on the war in Ukraine, Russia’s threat to democracy, and the roles of intelligence and disinformation in 21st century political warfare.

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    • 2 min
    Ep 1: Agents of Influence

    Ep 1: Agents of Influence

    In the series premiere of Whirlwind, host Tim Weiner tells the story of Samuel Dickstein, an American Congressman who turned out to be working for the enemy as an “agent of influence.” Joined by guests Alexander Vassiliev, a former KGB officer turned journalist; Leon Panetta, former CIA director; Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, former CIA intelligence officer; and journalist Catherine Belton, Tim explores the possibility that there’s an “agent of influence” in the White House today. In partnership with Cadence13, Jigsaw Productions and a production of Prologue Projects.

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    • 55 min
    Ep 2: Wilderness of Mirrors

    Ep 2: Wilderness of Mirrors

    The story of James Jesus Angleton, an obsessive reader of poetry who became the CIA’s chief of counterintelligence, and grew obsessed with the threat of Soviet moles infiltrating American institutions. Host Tim Weiner is joined by former CIA officers John Sipher and Rolf Mowatt-Larssen and former KGB officer-turned-journalist Alexander Vassiliev. In partnership with Cadence13, Jigsaw Productions and a production of Prologue Projects.

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    • 58 min
    Ep 3: Poland is Not Yet Lost

    Ep 3: Poland is Not Yet Lost

    The story of the CIA’s secret support for the Solidarity movement in Poland. Host Tim Weiner is joined by Polish political activist Jacek Bendykowski, former Director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and author Seth Jones. In partnership with Cadence13, Jigsaw Productions and a production of Prologue Projects.

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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
523 Ratings

523 Ratings

carollkm ,

Excellent

This is one of the most insightful podcasts I have ever listen to, and extremely important to hear in this current political climate.This truth, needs to be heard and disseminated. In addition to the failures of the US intelligence to prevent the Russian interference, the histories of this period in American history, if written honestly, will describe how we lost the cultural Cold War to an utterly inept Soviet skeleton because our religious fundamentalists were so susceptible to absurd, nonsensical worldviews. My favorite quote from the podcast is, “There are no secrets that time does not reveal.”

Foltz24 ,

Truly Important Podcast - Must Listen

Seminal work about historical relations between Russia/Soviet Union and the US. This podcast - and the research source material - is critical to understand both the historical context and existing efforts by Russia to control the US. Ignore the low reviews - these are from Pro-Trump supporters who don’t want to believe the factual conclusions of the podcast. As Trump considers another run in 2024, I encourage everyone to listen to this podcast by Intelligence Expert Tim Weiner

Fatnuts1031 ,

A great podcast

A timely podcast that offers insight and examples

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